Ballet Zurich – a portrait

 

Switzerland’s largest professional ballet company has been directed by Christian Spuck since the 2012/13 season. Resident at Zurich Opera House, the 36-strong ensemble not only features prominently in the Opera House’s programme; its international guest performances are also regularly acclaimed.
Formerly the Ballet of the Zurich City Theatre, the company was shaped by its directors Nicholas Beriozoff, Patricia Neary, Uwe Scholz and Bernd Bienert. Within a few short years, Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli, Ballet Director from 1996 to 2012, established the company as one of the leading European ballet ensembles.

Under the direction of German choreographer Christian Spuck, the company continues to cultivate its established traditions and to tread new artistic paths, continuously developing the genre of traditional narrative ballet using innovative choreographic techniques. The dancers also dedicate their energies to contemporary, abstract dance. Internationally renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, Sol León, Douglas Lee, Martin Schläpfer, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke and Mats Ek work in Zurich, ensuring that the company’s repertoire remains stylistically varied. In the Young Choreographers series, members of the ensemble assume personal artistic responsibility.

The Junior Ballet was established in 2001 as an institution aimed at promoting talented young dancers, giving fourteen young dancers from all over the world the opportunity to enjoy a supervised transition from the end of their training to full entry into professional life. During an engagement lasting no more than two years, they train together with the members of Ballet Zurich, dance with them at selected performances from the repertoire, and at a ballet evening arranged especially for them once every season. They thus gather the stage experience necessary for a dance career.

Ballet Zurich’s performances are accompanied by a comprehensive supporting programme featuring matinees before ballet premières; introductions to works before the performances; regular ballet discussions; and a wide variety of special projects for children, young people and schools.

 

 

 

 

Ballet Zurich

Ballettdirektion

Christian Spuck

Betriebsdirektorin

Medea Chiabotti

Büroleitung

Leslie Krumwiede

Dramaturgie

Michael Küster

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Madeleine Wohlfahrt

Ballettmeister

Jean-François Boisnon, Chris Jensen, 
François Petit, Eva Dewaele (Junior Ballett)

Gastballettmeister

Sylviane Bayard, Rolando d'Alesio, Lucia Geppi, Cynthia Harvey, Marc Ribaud

Ballettkorrepetitoren

Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo

Ballettvermittlung und Tanzpädagogik

Bettina Holzhausen

Assistenz Ballettvermittlung

Christina Maria Meyer

 

Teams 13/14

Choreographers

Edward Clug, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss

Choreographers

Mats Ek, Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Martin Schläpfer, Christian Spuck, Stephan Toss

Ballet master

Jean-François Boisnon, Chris Jensen, François Petit, Eva Dewaele (Junior ballet)

Conductors

Michail Jurowski, Rossen Milaniv, Vello Pähn, James Tuggle

Stage design

Ines Alda, Keso Dekker, Peder Freiij, Michael Simon, Christian Schmidt, Michaela Springer, Christian Spuck, Arne Walther

Costumes

Ines Alda, Ina Bischhaus, Keso Dekker, Peder Freiij, Douglas Lee, Emma Ryott, Michaela Springer, Stephan Thoss, Joke Visser

Lighting

Erik Berglund, Lucy Carter, Martin Gebhardt, Franz-Xaver Schaffer, Michael Simon, Reinhard Traub

Conductors

Edward Clug, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss

 

Teams 14/15

Choreographers

Edward Clug, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss

Choreographers

Mats Ek, Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Martin Schläpfer, Christian Spuck, Stephan Toss

Ballet master

Jean-François Boisnon, François Petit, Eva Dewaele

Conductors

Michail Jurowski, Rossen Milaniv, Vello Pähn, James Tuggle

Stage design

Ines Alda, Keso Dekker, Peder Freiij, Michael Simon, Christian Schmidt, Michaela Springer, Christian Spuck, Arne Walther

Costumes

Ines Alda, Ina Bischhaus, Keso Dekker, Peder Freiij, Douglas Lee, Emma Ryott, Michaela Springer, Stephan Thoss, Joke Visser

Lighting

Erik Berglund, Lucy Carter, Martin Gebhardt, Franz-Xaver Schaffer, Michael Simon, Reinhard Traub

Conductors

Edward Clug, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss

 

Dancers 14/15